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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the Town of Surfside remains committed to staying on top of the most up-to-date information and navigating the “New Normal” in order to help residents make informed decisions. The Town will continue to provide regular updates as new information emerges. 


Town Commission Declares State of Emergency 

The Town Commission declared a State of Emergency in Surfside on March 12, 2020 to help Town leaders and emergency managers expedite their response to the Coronavirus COVID-19. This declaration is simply a way for the Town to access support from the federal government that is only available under the State of Emergency and to pursue additional emergency orders if needed


 
Town of Surfside Emergency Orders Pertaining to COVID-19 

Town of Surfside Emergency Measures No. 1 - Hotels, Motels, Short-Term Rentals

Town of Surfside Emergency Measures No. 2 - Adopting Use of Communications Media Technology for Public Meetings Amid Coronavirus

Town of Surfside Emergency Measures No. 3 - Safer at Home

Town of Surfside Emergency Measures No. 4 - Mandatory Isolation of Individuals Traveling to Surfside

Town of Surfside Emergency Measures No. 5 - Construction Sites 
Town of Surfside Emergency Measures No. 6 - Facial Coverings

Town of Surfside Emergency Measures No. 7 - Walking Path and Hard-pack Area

Town of Surfside Emergency Measures No. 8 - Reopening of Retail and Commercial Establishments

Town of Surfside Emergency Measures No. 9 - Beach Furniture

Town of Surfside Emergency Measures No. 10 - Virtual Quasi-Judicial Hearing Procedures

Town of Surfside Emergency Measures No. 11 - Short Term and Vacation Rentals


View Coronavirus Case Dashboard in Real-Time

You can view the number of cases in real-time via the Florida Department of Health’s COVID-19 dashboard. To view the dashboard, visit here.  


Surfside’s COVID-19 Task Force Releases Resource Map

At the start of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Town formed a COVID-19 task force to keep residents and Town staff safe and informed, and to ensure the most vulnerable communities were not left behind. View the task force’s Resource Map, which includes information on mental health support, business relief, food distribution and more. 


FPL Provides Customer Support, Financial Relief During COVID-19

If you’re experiencing hardship due to the pandemic, FPL is offering payment extension and waiving late fees to help residents manage past-due FPL balances. To learn more, review flyer in English or the flyer in Spanish


Miami-Dade Sets Up Help Line for Residents Who Need Temporary Hotel Rooms to Isolate

Miami-Dade County, in partnership with the State of Florida, is adding 400 rooms to its hotel isolation program in an effort to protect multigenerational families from the spread of COVID-19. Throughout the pandemic, the county has been providing hotel rooms to healthcare workers, first responders, homeless individuals, among others, who need to isolate for short periods. The new help line expands the program to residents — with or without symptoms— needing to isolate from family members while they wait for test results, as well as those who have been exposed to someone who tested positive. The number to call is 305-614-1716 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily. 


Countywide Curfew Still in Effect 

The 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. countywide curfew remains in effect until further notice. Essential workers including first responders, hospital workers, utility repair service personnel, media and those with religious obligations will be exempted from the curfew. Additionally, the curfew does not apply to those returning directly to their homes from work at essential establishments or going directly to work; making deliveries from essential establishments; and walking their dogs within 250 feet of their residences. 


Miami-Dade County Amends Emergency Order on Restaurants, Gyms, Banquet Halls and Short-Term Rentals

Miami-Dade County has issued an amendment to Executive Order 26-20 that includes more stringent restrictions for on-site restaurants, gym use, and short-term rentals, as well as the closing of banquet halls and ballrooms. This amendment goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, July 9, 2020. The new requirements include the following:

  • On-site dining at restaurants and cafeterias is limited to outdoor service only between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. each day. Such establishments may operate their kitchens between the hours of 10 p.m. each night and 6 a.m. the next morning only for the purpose of providing delivery, pick-up, room service, or take out services.
  • At gyms and fitness centers, masks or facial coverings must be worn when inside.
  • Daytime and overnight occupancy for short-term vacation rentals is now set at a maximum of two persons per bedroom plus two additional persons per property not to exceed a maximum of 10 persons. New rental agreements can only be on a monthly basis.
  • All banquet halls and ballrooms must close, both those that are stand-alone businesses and those that are operated in any hotels or other establishments.

Please report any violations by calling 305-4-POLICE.

Other Recent Countywide Orders to Address COVID-19 Surge: 

  • The county requires everyone to wear a facial covering in public spaces - inside and outdoors. Exclusions to the mask policy include children under the age of 2, anyone with respiratory issues and people doing strenuous activities such as jogging. The county expanded its mandatory facial coverings requirements in an effort to help slow the spread of the coronavirus and reduce hospitalizations so there is sufficient care for all patients. 
  • There is a countywide curfew in place from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily until further notice. Essential workers including first responders, hospital workers, utility repair service personnel and media are exempt from the curfew. Additionally, the curfew does not apply to those returning directly to their homes from work at essential establishments or going directly to work; making deliveries from essential establishments; and walking their dogs within 250 feet of their residences. 
  • Miami-Dade County is also rolling back the reopening of entertainment facilities, such as movie theaters, arcades, casinos (with the exception of tribal casinos, over which the county does not have jurisdiction), adult entertainment, concert houses, bowling alleys and other establishments that recently had their plans approved by the county.  

Miami-Dade County Reopens Certain Retail and Commercial Establishments

Per Miami-Dade County’s Emergency Order 23-20, certain retail and commercial establishments including office spaces, retail and personal grooming businesses are allowed to reopen with specific conditions as outlined in “The New Normal” guidelines. Each business in Surfside must sign a pledge to adhere to the county order and The New Normal guidelines. When frequenting businesses, residents must wear cloth facial coverings as mandated by Miami-Dade County, maintain social distance (at least six feet away from others), and avoid gathering in groups of 10 or more people. 

Miami-Dade County Public Schools Announces Opening Plans for August

Miami-Dade County Public Schools announced a plan to reopen schools this fall including smaller class sizes, a mix of in-person, online and hybrid teaching models, and mandatory facial coverings. The plan hinges on conditions in the local community and whether or not Miami-Dade County is in Phase 2 of reopening according to The Plan for Florida’s Recovery.  


Surfside Parks and Recreation Facility Openings and Closures

The following programs and/or services have been impacted as a result:

  • All Town meetings, committees, recreation activities, summer camp, community events, and after school programs have been either canceled or postponed until further notice
  • Operations for the Surf-Bay-Bal community shuttle bus are currently suspended until further notice

The Town’s Public Works Department will continue to pick-up trash, recycling and bulk items as scheduled.

For any additional schedule changes and updates, please check the Town website.


Construction Allowed in Limited Capacity in Surfside

The Town of Surfside is allowing construction in a limited capacity, subject to compliance with restrictions as outlined in the Code of Care and Conduct Pledge Agreement. Every owner and contractor for a construction site is required to sign the pledge agreement prior to commencement of any work and will be expected to proceed with care to protect both Surfside residents and construction workers while mitigating the spread of coronavirus. 


Town Hall Accessible to Residents

Surfside's Town Hall building is publicly accessible to visitors and staff, as long as CDC health and safety guidelines are followed. For the public’s continued health and safety, the Town strongly encourages residents to call for matters that can be handled over the phone. 

To contact Town Hall, call 305-861-4863 and dial “0” during business hours, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. For concerns outside those hours, please contact the police non-emergency number at 305-861-4862. If you are a senior or at additional risk because of an underlying health condition, please contact the police non-emergency number for support. 


CDC Travel Advisory 

Non-essential travel is strongly discouraged to further combat the spread of the virus. For the latest travel advisories, visit CDC travel advisory 

Cover Your Face, Maintain Your Space to Stop the Spread of COVID-19

With a surge in new COVID-19 cases across the country and Florida, Miami-Dade County has issued an amended Emergency Order 20-20, requiring everyone in the county to wear a cloth face mask or covering when in public (indoors and outside) and to stay at least six feet away from others in public settings where social distancing is an issue. 

Do your part to help stop the spread of coronavirus. Cover Your Face. Maintain Your Space.

Be sure to also follow guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Recommendations include avoiding close contact with people who are sick; not touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands; washing your hands regularly with soap and water; and frequently cleaning and disinfecting touch objects. 

 

You Have Questions, Town Has Answers

To further assist residents in navigating the coronavirus crisis, the Town of Surfside compiled a list of frequently asked questions. 

Visit the FAQs.

If you still have questions that were missed in the FAQs, feel free to email us at communications@townofsurfsidefl.gov. The Town is here to help!

Thanks to All Who Participated in #FlashYourMask

The Town of Surfside would like to extend its sincere appreciation to residents and Town staff who participated in the #FlashYourMask initiative to help spread awareness about the importance of wearing a face mask to stop the spread of coronavirus. Your submissions were compiled to create a video, which is currently featured on Channel 663. Watch the video.  

 

What You Should Know About COVID-19

COVID-19 can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, including when an individual coughs or sneezes. These droplets may land on objects and surfaces. Other people may contract COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.

Symptoms of COVID-19 are fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as many as 14 days following exposure. Most people recover from COVID-19 without needing special treatment. The elderly and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems and diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The CDC and FDOH recommends everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
  • Stay home as much as possible during the outbreak and avoid contact with persons in poor health;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands;
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then disposing of the tissue;
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing;
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty; and
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.  
  • Wear a facial covering out in public where social distancing is an issue

What is Social Distancing?

Image shows two people keeping at least 6 feet of distance between them. With text stating: Keep at least six feet between you and other people. Avoid shaking hands as a social greeting.

Social distancing are practices implemented by public health officials to keep contagious diseases from spreading. The measures are aimed at trying to cut down the amount of virus spreading around, and ultimately protect those most vulnerable, including the elderly and people with weakened immune systems.

Please follow the recommended social distancing guidelines from the Florida Department of Health.

Shop Safely or Better Yet - Use a Delivery Service

The Stay-Home order has been lifted. However, if you must pick up essentials at the store, then be sure to use these strategies to reduce your exposure to coronavirus: 

  • Designate one person from your household to do the shopping. 
  • Wear a facial covering which is mandatory.
  • Go shopping at a time that’s less busy. 
  • Take alcohol-based hand sanitizer with you to clean your hands. 
  • Wipe the cart handles with a disinfectant wipe before shopping. 
  • Minimize the amount of products and items that you touch while in the store. 
  • Use a credit or debit card. Try not to hand over bills or receive change. Use your own pen to sign receipts or use a virtual payment system like Apple Pay. 

PRO TIP: To minimize your exposure to other people, try using a delivery service, such as InstacartAmazon Prime and Shipt. Avoid a direct hand off by having the bags left by your door and also tip the driver electronically. Here is a tutorial on how to use Instacart.

BUYING IN BULK: The "Florida Farm to You" website connects Florida farmers and seafood suppliers with potential buyers. It is run by Florida's Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. To register as a grower or to see what's available for purchase, visit this page

Get Tested for COVID-19 at These Locations

Want to learn where you can be tested for Coronavirus (COVID-19)? Read below. Each testing site has specific instructions.

Free In-Home Testing for Seniors

Miami-Dade County offers in-home coronavirus testing for seniors and adults with disabilities (18 and older). The tests are free to those exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms and are administered by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue units in partnership with Jackson Health System. To make an appointment, call 305-499-8767. 

Mail-in Test Kits Available Through LabCorp At No Up-Front Cost

Nasal swab testing for an active coronavirus infection is available through LabCorp at no upfront cost, according to the company's website. If you'd like to receive a test, fill out a short eligibility survey on LabCorp's website. An independent physician will review your responses and if you're approved, the company will either bill your insurance provider or utilize federal funds to cover the cost. You'll receive a test kit through FedEx, and once you test yourself, you sent the kit back to LabCorp for analysis. Visit https://www.pixel.labcorp.com/at-home-test-kits/covid-19-test for more information.

Miami Beach Walk-Up Testing Moves to New Location

Starting July 9, at 9 a.m., the walk-up testing site located at 42nd Street between Prairie and Royal Palm Avenue will move to the parking lot at 21st Street and Collins Avenue. Once you check-in, return to your vehicle or move away from the mobile testing unit to ensure social distancing. There is no need to stand in a line; you will receive a text message advising when the nurse is ready for you.


Miami Beach Convention Center

1701 Convention Center Drive, across from Miami Beach City Hall

This facility offers both drive-thru and walk-up testing daily (COVID and antibody) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with no appointments necessary. Testing is FREE and available to anyone 18 years or older and children accompanied by a guardian, regardless of COVID-19 symptoms.

Walk-up testing service will be within municipal parking lot P-29, located at 1701 Convention Center Drive, across from Miami Beach City Hall. To access the site, enter at 17th Street and Convention Center Drive wearing a face covering and have photo ID ready. 

Drive-thru mobile testing will be at 17th Street and Convention Center Drive. Please remain in your vehicle with the windows up and place a photo ID on the dashboard. Everyone in the vehicle should wear a facial covering, display a photo ID and be seated next to a working window. There is a maximum of five tests per vehicle. 


Marlins Park
501 Marlins Way, Miami, FL 33125
(West Parking lot)

Miami-Dade County’s COVID-19 drive-thru testing center is open at Marlins Park for residents 18 or older who have COVID-19 symptoms, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. seven days a week by appointment only. It is also open to medical workers and first-responders of all ages. Daily testing is available at this site for 400 people.

To make a testing appointment, please call 305-499-8767, where individuals will be pre-screened for symptoms. Staff on-site can only test those with appointments. All others will be turned away.


Hard Rock Stadium
347 Don Shula Drive Miami Gardens, Florida 33056
(East Parking lot)

COVID-19 testing is available from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on a daily basis and no appointment is needed; however, those seeking a test must be 18 and older. Individuals do not need to be exhibiting symptoms. The test site is drive-thru only.

This site also offers Antibody testing, which is done by taking a blood sample and getting it tested. Results are given about 45 minutes after testing. No appointment is needed. It is offered to individuals 18 and older. Must complete the nasal swab test before antibody testing.


Amelia Earhart Park
401 E. 65th St, Hialeah, FL 33013
(Enter at Palm Avenue and E. 65th Street Entrance)

Miami-Dade provides COVID-19 drive-thru testing for those who are 18 or older and are experiencing symptoms. Appointments are required and patients need to be in their cars, with a maximum of two people per car. It is open Monday-Saturday from  9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The number to call for appointments at this site is 305-268-4319 - that's 305-COVID19. 

For updates on COVID-19 testing sites, visit here and click on the “Testing” tab. 

Take These Steps If You Have COVID-19

Common symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, coughing and difficulty breathing. If you or your loved one tests positive for coronavirus, the Florida Department of Health advises the following:

What To Do If You Have COVID-19

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Do You Have COVID-19 Questions? Call These Hotlines

  • For any other questions related to COVID-19 in Florida, please contact the Florida Department of Health’s dedicated COVID-19 hotline by calling 1.866.779.6121 or by emailing covid-19@flhealth.gov.
  • For updates from Miami-Dade County Public Schools, please visit covid19.dadeschools.net | M-DCPS also has a hotline, which is 305.995.3000.
  • The Town of Surfside is available to assist the community in all times of need. For questions pertaining to COVID-19 in the community, call Town Hall at 305.861.4863 and dial “0” during business hours, 9 am - 5 pm Monday through Friday. For concerns outside those hours, please contact the police non-emergency number at 305.861.4862.

Schools are Out for Summer, Where Students Can Find Free Meals?

M-DCPS offers free grab-and-go meals to students and their families in need between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., on Tuesdays and Fridays. Find school meals near you.

Meal Distribution Flyer 

For additional school resources including support lines, distance learning, food distribution centers for families in need and more, visit the Miami-Dade County Public Schools website.

Tips and Food Assistance for At-Risk Seniors

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), older adults and people with weakened immune systems or serious medical conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes and lung disease, are at higher risk of becoming very sick from this illness.

The CDC recommends the following:

  • Stock up on supplies including groceries and medicine as needed
  • Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others (at least six-feet away from others)
  • Stay away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often
  • Wear facial coverings in spaces where social distancing is an issue
  • Avoid gatherings of more than 10 people
  • Avoid non-essential air travel
  • Stay home as much as possible during the COVID-19 outbreak

COVID-19 Age Friendly Resources

Miami-Dade County, the United Way, AARP Florida and a number of non-profits have put together a coronavirus resource guide for older adults. Topics covered include getting meals and food support, assistance with paying for electricity, support for Medicare, Medicaid and insurance questions, and resources for caregivers.

Meals for Seniors

Miami-Dade 311 will no longer provide free meals for seniors starting Wednesday, July 15th, but there are other options:

  • If you are a senior, the Restaurant Connection will send prepared meals to your doorstep. First-come, first-served. To request service, call 305-340-0244. Spanish speakers should call (toll-free) 321-482-2661. For more information, visit  https://therestaurantconnection.org/.
  • Seniors can apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Miami-Dade County Public Libraries have SNAP applications available for residents. They can also apply online at http://www.myflorida.com/accessflorida/ or by calling 866-762-2237 (TTY 1-800-955-8771).
  • Drive-thru food distribution events are scheduled throughout Miami-Dade County. Read more information.

At-Home Coronavirus Testing for Seniors and Adults with Disabilities

Miami-Dade County is offering at-home coronavirus testing for seniors and adults with disabilities (18 and older). The tests are free to those exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms and are being administered by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue units in partnership with Jackson Health System. To make an appointment, call 305-499-8767. 

Emergency & Evacuation Assistance Program (EEAP)

Should you need specialized transportation assistance, safe shelter, medical monitoring or wellness checks, the Miami-Dade County offers an Emergency & Evacuation Assistance Program (EEAP). The program is for senior residents who may need additional assistance during emergency situations. Click here to register.

Sign Up for Email Notifications and CodeRed Alerts

Stay informed and receive updates! Please sign up for email notifications on the Town website at https://www.townofsurfsidefl.gov/news-and-events/subscribe and CodeRed alerts via the instructions found here.

Cybersecurity Guide for Seniors

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impose isolation and social distancing, the community is faced with a whole new set of cybersecurity challenges. While striving to stay connected to friends and families online, many hackers are using this tough time to their advantage. Read the Cybersecurity Guide for Seniors. 

Surfside Police Department

You can always count on our Surfside Police Department to help you. To contact the Police Department, call 305.861.4862. 

Casa Church Ministry Offering Assistance to Elderly

A group of volunteers with the Casa Church ministry in Surfside are offering the following free services to our elderly community and disabled residents:

  • Run shopping errands for groceries (money for groceries provided by resident)
  • Pick up medicine and drop off at the resident’s home (money for prescriptions provided by resident)
  • Become a drop off/collection center for anyone who wants to donate non-perishable food for families in need
  • Drop off a bag of non-perishable food for a family in need in Surfside

To obtain any of the services above, residents of Surfside can call/text (305) 864-9283 (Ext 3) or email Help@Casachurch.Miami

Jewish Community Services of South Florida (JCS)

JCS continues to serve the community during Coronavirus outbreaks. JCS remains open, providing food, counseling, crisis response and information, and referral services. For assistance, please call 2-1-1 or 305.576.6550.

 

Don't Fall Victim to a COVID-19 Scam

In times of crises like the current coronavirus health pandemic, scammers use these fears to try and take advantage of people. Avoid being scammed with these tips from the Surfside Police Department: COVID-19 Scams flyer

Flyers for Landscapers Available in English, Spanish and Creole

In light of new CDC recommendations, the Town of Surfside issued a new Emergency Measure that among several directives, requires employees and personnel of essential businesses (e.g. landscapers, pool care, appliance repair personnel, exterminators) to wear cloth facial coverings when working in the area. The Town also urges residents to reduce the frequency of landscape services to once per month. 

Flyers in EnglishSpanish and Creole are available for residents to share with landscapers and outside vendors. 


Relief for Businesses

Many businesses, small ones in particular, have been hit especially hard by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The information on this page, updated frequently, includes a growing number of resources and relief programs to turn to for assistance.



Hospitality Industry Grant (HIG) Program

The Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners approved a $30 million Hospitality Industry Grant Program. The goal of the program is to provide financial assistance to local independently owned and operated restaurants and non-home-based caterers impacted by COVID-19.

Priority will be given to businesses that have not been approved or received funds from any institution under the Paycheck Protection Program Loan (PPP) or other federal or state assisted business loan program and have a single establishment.

The $30M HIG program will be calculated based on individual percentages of eligible costs incurred, with a maximum award of $25,000 per establishment.

Eligibility Requirements
Restaurant or non-home-based caterer with a Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation License to operate as a restaurant or caterer

Ineligible

  • Nightclubs, bars, or mobile food truck

  • Chain, franchise restaurants, or hotel restaurants owned by hotel

  • Home based business of any kind

Criteria

  • Restaurants or non-home-based caterers located in Miami-Dade County with a maximum of 50 employees and annual revenue does not exceed $10M

  • Restaurants or non-home-based caterers located in Miami-Dade County with a maximum of 75 employees and annual revenue does not exceed $15M

Follow the link provided below and scroll to the middle of the page to find the Hospitality Industry Grant (HIG) Program header for the application and more details.

https://www.miamidade.gov/global/initiatives/coronavirus/employment-business.page

For additional information, please call 305-375-3111 or email:  SBDMail@miamidade.gov.


Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Advance Program

The US Small Business Administration (SBA) is accepting EIDLA loan applications from small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Small businesses can apply for up to $10,000 in advance loan which is designed to provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. This loan advance will not have to be repaid. Receipts do not have to be approved for a loan in order to receive the advance, but the amount of the loan advance will be deducted from total eligibility. For more information, click here.



Paycheck Protection Program Loan

PPP loans are still available to small and medium businesses with less than 500 employees. This program is administered by the US Small Business Administration (SBA). The goal of the program is to help small businesses maintain their staff level and cover related costs during the COVID-19 crisis. Please note, there is a revised application dated June 12, 2020 (SBA Form 2483). Click here for the new version of the application. Find approved lenders in your area.  


Paycheck Protection Program Forgiveness Application Form Update

The federal government recently revised the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Forgiveness Application Form requirements in response to complaints from lawmakers and business groups that the process was too complicated. The revised form requires less calculations and documentation than the original application. The business owners allowed to use the EZ application include those who are self-employed or have no employees and those who did not reduce salaries by more than 25 percent. To use the form, businesses must also certify that they didn't cut employees' hours or were unable to operate at pre-coronavirus levels because of health mandates. Please consult the SBA local office or your lender for more information. Click here for the revised application. Information and instructions on how to fill out the PPP Loan Forgiveness Application.


Miami-Dade County Back-to-Business Box & Reopening Resources         
            
Miami-Dade County is committed to helping businesses get back to work. If you’re re-opening your small business and need assistance, Miami-Dade County is offering the Back-to-Business box. These boxes come with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to assist with safety requirements. Please take note of the requirements for small business owners and follow the application process for the issuance of PPE. Supplies are limited and will be provided as available on a first-come, first-served basis. In addition to the Back-to-Business Box and “The New Normal” guidebook, Miami-Dade County has posted a series of valuable resources on their website that might support your business reopening plans. They include a Business Establishment Designation guide, CDC Guide to Cleaning and Disinfecting, Products for Use against COVID-19 and much more. Read the full details   


Miami-Dade Approves $25 Million Program to Assist Small Businesses 

The Miami-Dade County Board of Commissioners has approved $25 million for the RISE Miami-Dade Fund, which stands for Re-Investing in our Small Business Economy and was created using flexible funds provided through the federal CARES Act to help small businesses recover in the wake of COVID-19. 

The Dade Federal Credit Union will administer the RISE Fund, with loans originating at local community development financial institutions (CDFIs), which are certified and regulated by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. CDFIs specialize in assisting small, women-owned and minority-owned businesses with accessing low-cost commercial loans with favorable interest rates and repayment periods. They also offer technical financial advising, such as marketing and budgeting assistance to help strengthen and grow the businesses. More information here.   


Miami-Dade County Small Business Forgivable Loan Program

Miami-Dade County has launched a $5 million loan program to support small businesses who have not been able to receive other previous assistance. The loans will be up to $25,000, with 0% interest and no origination fees. The "forgivable" feature of the loans rests on the ability of the small business borrower to retain jobs that are held by those of low or moderate income, meaning those who earn less than 80% of the annual Area Median Income ($51,200). To be eligible, the small business must meet certain criteria such as: having no more than 25 employees, providing some evidence of being impacted by COVID-19, and not previously having received assistance from other special COVID-19 programs, such as the federal Paycheck Protection Program. Read more.


 

Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Coronavirus Impact Survey

The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce is looking to support the business community during these unprecedented times. If you are a business owner or in management, please click here and take the five-minute survey. Responses will provide key insight to better understand the community’s challenges.


Browse Through Available Grant Listings

Miami-Dade County lists several grant opportunities on its website for various industries. Search for grants and sign up to receive corresponding email alerts.


Strongly Recommended: Restaurant Customer Logs for Contact Tracing

While not mandatory in the Town of Surfside or Miami-Dade County, a number of cities and states are either recommending or requiring that restaurants keep customer information logs with contact details. In the event of an outbreak, public health officials can use these logs to contact people who may have been exposed to the coronavirus to explain the risk and provide resources. As establishments begin to reopen in the wake of COVID-19, contact tracing will be an important mitigation tool implemented to control any outbreaks and prevent them from having wide-spread impact that would lead to new restrictions. View a sample visitor log from the Sate of Washington.


Unemployment Benefit Payment Tracker Dashboard

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has adashboard that provides information on the total number of reemployment assistance claims that have been submitted, verified, processed and paid. To access the Reemployment Assistance Dashboard, click here.


Business Damage Survey 

Governor Ron DeSantis announced the activation of the Business Damage Assessment survey to assess the impact of COVID-19 on Florida’s local business operations. The survey, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), will evaluate businesses affected by COVID-19 and the impacts the virus has had on the local economy so actions to implement appropriate relief programs can begin.

The Business Damage Assessment Survey can be taken online here.



U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Loans

• The SBA has activated their Economic Injury Disaster Loan program for Florida businesses affected by COVID-19
• Long-term loans up to $2 million offered to eligible small businesses and nonprofits
• SBA loans are only meant for businesses that are unable to access credit from lenders
• Interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses and 2.75 for nonprofits
• Loans are meant to help financial obligations and operating expenses that could have been met had the disaster not occurred, not to recoup lost profits
Click here to register and apply for assistance.

Short Term Compensation Program (FDEO)
The Short Time Compensation Program is a voluntary employer program designed to help employers maintain their staff by reducing the weekly working hours during temporary slowdowns instead of temporarily laying off employees. If an employer establishes a Short Time Compensation Plan, and an employee meets the qualifications to file a re-employment assistance claim in the state of Florida, the employee will receive a partial re-employment check to supplement their reduced paycheck. Find employer information and the application here.

Beacon Council
Miami-Dade Beacon Council is providing resources to support local businesses and employees. Sign up to receive email updates and get information about the federal CARES Act. For more business information about COVID-19, visit the Beacon Council website or email beaconhelp@beaconcouncil.com.

The Beacon Council has also launched a website, BizHelp.Miami, which has resources to help small businesses and sole proprietors navigate the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce also has a great business resource guide to check out.


Recursos de Telemundo en Español

Noticias Telemundo ofrece un útil listado de recursos de asistencia en español relacionados al Coronavirus. Recursos para negocios pequeños y medianos.

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Call Atlantic Broadband and Lower Your Bill
Atlantic Broadband will be calling to discuss ways to get more while paying less. Be sure to answer your phone when you see Atlantic Broadband calling. In the meantime, if you want to act now, you can call 1-855-467-2238 and they will help you lower your monthly bill. 

Additional Financial Resources

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Looking for Employment?

For reemployment assistance and disaster recover, visit the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity here. Note that due a surge in claims, the DEO is experiencing higher than average wait times. 

Help Finding Work During Coronavirus Pandemic
How do you find a job when you can't even leave your apartment? If you are among the millions of Americans who have been laid off due to COVID-19, take note of this important resource. Zippia, a job research platform, has developed a comprehensive guide to help everyday Americans find remote, online and gig work in the wake of coronavirus. Click here to learn more.

CareerSource South Florida 
Another good resource for job seekers.  Visit here for more information.





How to Cope with Stress and Anxiety in a Crisis?

If coronavirus is causing your stress level to surge, you’re not alone. The stress of living through a pandemic is taking its toll on many people and experts are warning it could have lasting effects. Across the globe, people are experiencing a storm of feelings – anxiety about finances, grieving the loss of loved ones, worry about their own health, and coping with loneliness and isolation.  

It just so happens it is Mental Health Awareness Month. To help residents, the Town of Surfside has compiled several mental health resources and a list of ways to reduce stress and stay grounded during the crisis. 

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WAYS TO SUPPORT YOUR MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING  

Several health organizations, including the Florida Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have created pages dedicated to mental health during COVID-19. They offer tips to support well-being and relieve anxiety and stress, including taking care of our minds and bodies with meditation, exercise, good diet, adequate sleep, staying connected with loved ones, and making time for enjoyable activities, as well as avoiding alcohol and drugs and taking breaks from the news cycle. 

  • Yale University Professor Dr. Laurie Santos, who created The Happiness Lab podcast and teaches the most popular class in Yale’s history, the Science of Well-being (now free and open to all on Coursera.com), hosted a Q & A session on Facebook to address mental health during coronavirus. 
  • Sign up for The Good StuffCNN’s weekly newsletter filled with feelgood material. Every Saturday, the newsletter highlights stories that make you smile, plus fascinating discoveries, everyday heroes, inspiring moments and great things happening in your own backyard. 
  • Actor John Krasinski created a Youtube channel called “Some Good News” that is dedicated to heartwarming, inspiring and uplifting stories from around the world. The episodes have included celebrity guest appearances from Oprah Winfrey, Lin-Manuel Miranda and the Hamilton cast, Steve Carell, Ryan Reynolds and many others. 
  • Ten Percent Happier, co-founded by journalist and author Dan Harris, offers mindfulness meditation courses online and a weekly podcast, featuring scientists and other experts discussing how to stay sane amid coronavirus. Download the Coronavirus Sanity Guide at www.tenpercent.com for free. They also offer free live guided meditation every weekday at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Check out the Ten Percent Happier app as well.  
  • Acts of kindness and volunteering can help ease stress and feelings of helplessness. From writing positive messages with chalk on sidewalks to safely delivering food and supplies to the elderly, there are so many ways to help each other. Learn about volunteer opportunities.   
  • Nova Southeastern University - College of Psychology is hosting webinars focused on mental health tips, anxiety during these times and much more. View the schedule and register. You can also find recordings from past sessions.

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PARENTING AND SUPPORTING KIDS & TEENS AMID THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS

These are difficult times for everyone including kids and teenagers. They need support to express their feelings and feel reassured by the adults in their lives. Luckily, there are a number of resources you can turn to for support:

  • The Town of Surfside is offering hour-long COVID-19 Support Groups via Zoom for both teens and adults every Friday at 2 and 3 p.m. respectively. The groups are led by licensed psychotherapist Dr. Deborah Dawson, who will share strategies to reduce anxiety and improve moods. Each support group offers an upbeat and welcome way for participants to share any feelings about quarantine and offer support to peers. The group also provides help to parents coping with the challenges of keeping kids busy over the summer break.    

  • UNICEF.org posted six ways parents can support their children during the coronavirus pandemic, including creating and sticking to a routine, allowing children to express their emotions and setting aside time to disconnect. 
  • CommonSenseMedia.org, a well-known leading source of entertainment and technology recommendations for families, has a resource page for families during coronavirus, including how to navigate learning at home. Available in English and Spanish. 
  • The coronavirus pandemic can be particularly difficult for the families of essential staff members, like healthcare workers, which is why the Jackson Behavioral Health Hospital team created a printable activity book to help the children of those serving on the frontlines manage their thoughts and fears during this stressful time. The book is a blast for everyone!

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THE PERKS AND PERILS OF WORKING FROM HOME  

If working from home is proving more stressful than being at the office, you’ll want to read this Business Insider story. It features advice from Google’s in-house productivity expert who shares new ways to stay motivated and cope with the stress.

On the brighter side, working from home means you get to avoid tolls and the daily commute, which in South Florida is a significant cause of stress. In this post, Mental Health America explores some of the health benefits of remote and flexible work. 

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ACCESS LOCAL MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ONLINE

  • The University of Miami (UM) Health System offers telemedicine services for families, including parent-child interaction therapy for children ages 2 to 7. Appointments are available Monday – Thursday, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. To make an appointment, call 305-243-0234. UM also has virtual medical appointments for adults through its UM Virtual Clinics program, including psychiatry.
  • Access Mental Health Counseling services through the Baptist Health Care On Demand app. Therapists are taking appointments for families and children age 10 and older. Health insurance does not apply. The cost per session is $99. Download the app to make an appointment. 
  • Chrysalis Health, a contractor for Miami-Dade Public Schools, is taking appointments via telemedicine for children and adults, and accepts Medicaid and private health insurance plans. The website also offers 24/7 client crisis support. 

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NATIONAL AND STATE CRISIS HOTLINES   

  • The Florida Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-962-2873, Florida Relay 711 or TTY 1-800-955-8771. Or report abuse online.
  • The National Alliance on Mental Illness – Miami-Dade County offers virtual support and phone counseling. Call 305-665-2540 formental healthresources in English and 786-308-9680 for resources in Spanish.
  • The Salvation Army mental health support hotline at 1-844-458-HOPE (4673). Counselors (English and Spanish) are available from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. You can also visit www.SalvationArmyFlorida.org/pray and request a call from a pastor. 
  • Florida Blue’s bilingual, toll-free hotline at 833-848-1762. This FREE service is available 24/7. 
  • The Jewish Community Services of South Florida (JCS) provides counseling, crisis response and information, and referral services. For assistance, call 2-1-1 or 305-576-6550.

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GETTING HELP FOR SUBSTANCE ABUSE 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) National Drug and Alcohol Treatment Referral Service provides free and confidential information in English and Spanish for individuals and family members facing substance abuse and mental health issues. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. SAMHSA’s Toll-Free Treatment Referral Helpline is 1-800-662-HELP (4357). View the Online Treatment Facility Locator. 

In the Rooms is an online recovery website and community offering various resources and hosting about 130 free virtual meetings, such as Alcohol Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and Overeaters Anonymous. For general inquiries, call 1-800-817-9497. 

Keep Busy at Home with Activities for the Entire Family and Seniors

Feeling restless or bored at home? Lucky for residents, the Surfside Parks and Recreation Department has compiled a number of activities for kids, adults and seniors to fill their time. Check out the list below. 

Virtual Online Activities 

Watch Broadway Plays from Home
From Newsies to Sweeney Todd, some of the best Broadway shows are available for viewing at home.

A Theatre Lovers' Home Workout Edition
Dance along with the Radio City Rockettes, learn combinations to songs from In The Heights, live classes from Ailey Extension and Ballet Hispánico, and more. Steam live at home.

Managing Anxiety - Breathwork Session 

Try an online Breathwork session with The CLEO Institute's Mia Kirn on Sundays at 9:00 p.m. via Zoom.
Meeting ID: 217-855-1217.

AARP Healthy Living Guide
How to weight the risks and make good decisions based on your age and health status. Read more.

Calling All Pre-Teens & Teens!
The Surfside Parks and Recreation will be hosting ZOOM group discussions with teens in the community to receive input on fun activities and engage in lively conversations while stuck at home. Virtual meet-ups will take place from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for Pre-Teens and from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for Teens, every Tuesday and Thursday. This is a friendly environment for teens and it’s a great way to make new friends.  For any questions regarding the teen program, please contact Carlos Malvarez via email at cmalvarez@townofsurfsidefl.gov 
  


Stuck at Home Podcast

Professional audio producers are asking kids to record mini podcast episodes using a smartphone, then send them in to create one big "Stuck At Home" podcast project.

'The Adventures of Surfy' Coloring Book
Help educate the kids on the many dangers faced by sea turtles including, Surfy, Surfside's most famous sea turtle! Download the coloring book.

Pelican Harbour Coloring Book
The Misadventures of Penelope the Pelican.

Online Learning Activities
The following links contain a wide-range of ideas for kid-friendly activities, as well as learning resources:

 


Activities to Stay Active 

With schools closed until further notice, the Surfside Parks and Recreation Department will be rolling out new activities to keep kids entertained and busy at home. 

 

Take an Offline Break 

  • Pick a destination you have never been to, research and then create a travel brochure
  • Build a fort with blankets and pillows
  • Play dress-up
  • Write a card or letter
  • Make a backyard obstacle course
  • Paint or draw
  • Bake cookies
  • Go for a walk, while keeping a safe social distance
  • Do a crossword puzzle

#SurfsideTogether Coloring Activity

Surfside residents Sheri Marron and her husband/artist David De Cespedes created a colorful activity that residents can do at home to promote a positive #SurfsideTogether message to kids and the community during this difficult time. Below are instructions and links to the activity sheets:

Instructions
(To print, color and hang in your window)

Inspired by the wonderful Surfside community, we created this drawing to color and post in windows across the town for a positive message to our kids. It’ll demonstrate to them and the community that we will get through this together. We will all see and support other families from a distance.  

SurfsideTogether Color Activity
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SurfsideTogether Color Activity example
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If you have an idea for a simple arts & crafts project that you would like to us to share with the community, feel free to email us at communications@townofsurfsidefl.gov

Place #SurfsideTogether in the subject line and email us your name and the activity description. Our communications committee will select several to share on the Town’s website, via an e-blast and on Nextdoor.  

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